Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

Spain to Provide Additional €3.5 Mln in Aid to UNRWA

Mon 05 Feb 2024 | 06:26 PM
Israa Farhan

Spain has announced its commitment to send an additional €3.5 million (approximately $3.8 million) in assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

This decision by Spain comes amidst funding challenges faced by UNRWA following allegations made by Israel regarding the involvement of some of its Palestinian employees in the October 7th attacks by Hamas in Israel.

Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares revealed this development on Monday, underscoring Spain's continued support for UNRWA.

UNRWA, a crucial organization responsible for providing relief and support to Palestinian refugees, has been grappling with funding issues.

Major donors, including the United States and Germany, had suspended their financial contributions in response to allegations raised by Israel.

These allegations pointed towards the potential involvement of approximately 12 UNRWA employees among tens of thousands in the attacks carried out by Hamas in Israel in October last year.

Spain has been a steadfast supporter of UNRWA's mission, and in 2023, Madrid has already provided direct contributions amounting to €18.5 million.